Sean Kilpatrick hadn't scored in over 13 minutes, and No. 15 Cincinnati had just blown every bit of a 19-point second-half lead against Temple.
"I was just trying to get fouled," he said. "The time was running down, they switched the pick and roll and the big man was on me. I just drove at him."
The big man was Anthony Lee, who picked up his fifth foul after catching Kilpatrick on the arm with 7.2 seconds remaining. Kilpatrick went to the line and promptly ended his scoring drought by making the game-winning free throws.
Kilpatrick finished with a season-high 29 points and the Bearcats (19-2, 8-0 AAC) staved off a Temple comeback to remain undefeated in the American Athletic Conference with an 80-76 victory Sunday.
The Bearcats are off to their best start since 2001-02 and their best start in league play since they went 8-0 in Conference USA that same season.
Temple attempted to tie the game again after Kilpatrick's free throws, but Josh Brown's layup was blocked by Jermaine Sanders with a half-second to play. Kevin Johnson added two more free throws for the Bearcats, who had their nation-best streak of holding 27 consecutive opponents under 70 points ended.
"At no point was I confident the game was over," Cincinnati Coach Mick Cronin said. "I was concerned the whole time."
Temple's Dalton Pepper is the one who caused that concern. Pepper had a career-high 33 points, including the three that tied the game at 76 with 36.9 seconds left, for the Owls (5-13, 0-7), who have lost eight straight.
He scored 27 points in the second half, tied the record for the most threes by a Temple player at the Liacouras Center with eight, and brought Temple all the way back from the 19-point deficit.
No. 23 Memphis 80, South Florida 58: Chris Crawford scored 15 points, converting five of Memphis' season-high 10 three-pointers as the 23rd-ranked Tigers defeated visiting South Florida.
The Tigers, next-to-last in the American Athletic Conference in three-point shooting percentage, ended the night at 10 of 22 from outside the arc. Crawford was 5 of 10.
Joe Jackson added 14 points and seven assists for Memphis (15-4, 5-2 AAC), while Shaq Goodwin finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Nick King had 10 points as Memphis won its third straight.
Martino Brock led South Florida (10-10, 1-6) with 17 points, the only Bull to score in double figures.
No. 13 Massachusetts 90, Fordham 52: Chaz Williams had 18 points and eight assists and No. 13 Massachusetts rebounded from a loss earlier this week with a home victory over Fordham.
Raphiael Putney and Sampson Carter both had 13 points and Maxie Esho had 10 points and six rebounds for the Minutemen (17-2, 4-1 Atlantic-10), who lost at Richmond on Wednesday.
Chris Whitehead led the Rams (8-11, 1-5) with 13 points. Fordham guard Jon Severe, who leads all Division I freshmen in scoring at 20.9 points per game, was held to seven points.
Georgetown 91, Lindsey Wilson 87: Lindsey Wilson led by as many as 11 points in the second half but couldn't finish off Georgetown.
The Tigers took their first lead of the second half at the 2:24 mark.
Georgetown's Montavious Marc shot with 11 seconds remaining brought Georgetown's lead to three. Daronte Clark was fouled before the Blue Raiders could get off a three-point shot attempt. Clark made his first free throw and intentionally missed the second, but Lindsey Wilson was called with a violation and Georgetown was awarded the ball.
Lindsey Wilson sent Monty Wilson to the line with three seconds left, where he made both free throws to secure the win.
Wilson shot 14-of-17 from the free throw line and led the Tigers (15-5, 6-3 MSC) with 32 points. Marc recorded an 11-rebound, 13-point double-double while Dominique Hagans netted 15 points with eight boards.
Tony Horne scored 22 points and Clark added 20 to pace the Blue Raiders.
No. 5 Louisville 88, Memphis 61: Shoni Schimmel scored 29 points, hitting a school-record nine three-pointers, to lift No. 5 Louisville over visiting Memphis.
Schimmel was 9 of 12 from the three-point line and 10 of 16 overall passing her own record of eight 3s set against South Florida on Jan. 30, 2013.
Emmonnie Henderson added 14 for Louisville (20-1, 8-0 American Athletic Conference), which has won 13 straight game.
Ariel Hearn led Memphis (10-10, 3-5) with 15 points.
Louisville got off to a slow start and missed eight of its first 11 shot attempts. The Tigers tied it at 15 midway through the half on a basket by Devin Mack. That's when Schimmel, who missed her first four shots, embarked on a streak from beyond the arc. The senior drilled six three-pointers in a span of four minutes to lift Louisville to a 35-19 lead with 3:58 left in the first half.
Georgetown 80, Lindsey Wilson 60: Georgetown shot 60 percent from the field in the second half as they defeated Lindsey Wilson.
The Tigers carried a 10point lead into halftime, and Lindsey Wilson had no response in the second half as Georgetown expanded their lead to 16 points, 39-23 in the first 1:46. The Tigers stretched the lead to as much as 21.
Kourtney Tyra and Andrea Howard had double-doubles for the Tigers. Tyra finished with 14 points and 13 assists while Howard had 20 points and 10 rebounds.
Lindsey Wilson had three in double-figures, including Kayla Richardson who had a team-high 15 points. Jamie Cummings added 12 points while Bre Elder scored 10.